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Postdoctoral Fellow In Agriculture

 Postdoctoral Fellow In Agriculture at The The University of Queensland (UQ) 

Postdoctoral Fellow In Agriculture
Postdoctoral Fellow In Agriculture


 The University of Queensland (UQ)

Organization Type


Job Type

 Postdoc Fellowship

Position Type

Full Time


 Brisbane (Suburb), South East Queensland (AU)


AUD$89,616 - $99,426 plus super of up to 17%.

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Last Date

 5 March 2023


  • Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
  • Academic level A
  • Fixed-term position for up to 3 years
  • Closing date: Sunday 5 March 2023 at 11.00pm AEST (R-22391)


About This Opportunity

The primary role of the position is to undertake collaborative research for sustainability assessment in broadacre, horticultural and protected crops using a life cycle assessment approach. The position is with the Centre for Crop Science of Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI). As a research-focused academic at Level A, the incumbent will be supported and guided by more senior research academic staff with the expectation of an increasing degree of autonomy over time and will work as a collaborative team, likely involving different centres of QAAFI and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

Key responsibilities will include:

1. Research

  • Undertake life cycle assessment research of various technologies/approaches in broadacre, horticultural and protected crops.
  • Develop/update relevant LCA models for different commodities/technologies.
  • Undertake research activities related to related topics of sustainability assessment, including indicators and approaches.
  • Document research findings in technical reports and scholarly papers in high-quality refereed international journals.
  • Support the development of research proposals in aligned topics for external funding.  
  • Perform research-related administrative functions as required. Any other duties as reasonably directed by your supervisor.

2. Supervision and Researcher Development

  • Contribute to the effective supervision of Honours and Higher Degree by Research students (as appropriate).
  • Demonstrate personal effectiveness in supervision and the management of researcher development.
  • Effective lead and develop supervisee performance and conduct by providing feedback, coaching, and professional development.
  • As appropriate, manage research support staff effectively throughout the employee lifecycle in accordance with University policy and procedures.
  • Working to promptly resolve conflict and grievances when they arise in accordance with University policy and procedures.

3. Citizenship and Service

  • Demonstrate citizenship behaviours that align to the UQ values.
  • Shows leadership of self through collaboration and active participation in priority activities for the unit.
  • Provide support to other academic positions and unit operations as needed during other team members absences.
  • Contribute to internal service roles and administrative processes as required, including participation in decision-making and service on relevant committees.
  • Collaborate in service activities external to the immediate organisation unit.
  • Begin to develop external links and partnerships by cultivating relationships with industry, government departments, professional bodies and the wider community.

This role is subject to The University’s Code of Conduct.


About You

  • PhD or equivalent experience in environmental science, engineering, agriculture or related fields.
  • Technical expertise in developing LCA models and using LCA software such as SimaPro, openLCA etc., and familiarity with the life cycle inventory database.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Track record of high-quality, peer-reviewed journal publications related to sustainability assessment.
  • Ability and willingness to work effectively with the staff and students.
  • Demonstrated high-level interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
  • An emerging profile in research in the discipline area.
  • Some experience in meaningful internal service roles and contributions towards external activities.


What We Can Offer

This is a full-time (1FTE) fixed-term position for up to three years at Academic Level A.

The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range AUD$89,616 - $99,426 plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range AUD$104,851 - $116,329 per annum.

For further information about UQ’s benefits, please visit Why Work at UQ and review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018 - 2021.



To discuss this role please contact Associate Professor Sudhir Yadav via

For application queries, please contact stating the job reference number in the subject line.


Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, go to the UQ Careers portal and use the Apply button.

All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Cover letter addressing the ‘About You’ section.
  • Resume.

Please note that you will be asked to add all documents into the one upload box labelled ‘resume’, which is step one of the application form.


About the Selection Process

To satisfy prerequisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQ Careers portal by the job closing deadline, or their application will not be accepted.


Other Information

Work Rights: Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment; applications from international candidates will be considered but must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment and would be expected to seek their own appropriate work visa in order to progress.

Background Checks: All final applicants for this position may be asked to consent to a criminal record check. Please note that people with criminal records are not automatically barred from applying for this position. Each application will be considered on its merits.


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